World War II brought many types of food rationing to the American family. For a quick history lesson on how rationing worked, go here. It's hard to imagine (for me anyway) being forced to make do without something so basic as SUGAR, but this recipe is evidence that folks of that time were willing to be creative so that they could still have some sweet treats in a world with little sugar.
From a 1943 newspaper clipping:
To make 48 cookies, you'll use:
Sift flour, measure and add the baking powder and salt and sift together twice. Cream shortening until soft, then blend in brown sugar. Add syrup gradually, stirring well after each addition.
Stir in the well beaten eggs and vanilla. Add the sifted dry ingredients in several portions, beating well after each. Stir in the nuts. xx
I enjoyed following this recipe. Maybe it's just me, but I always have loved any old excuse to dust off my sifter. Hardly any recipes call for it anymore, but I do enjoy it.
Some notes from my experience:
- This recipe was pretty fun to make...using the syrup instead of sugar was intriguing
- The dough was promising - and tasty (yes, I admit I sneak the occasional nibble of cookie dough)
- I used chopped walnuts, because I like them - you might like others
- The dough really expands in the oven. Keep the cookies small.
- Eat them while they are warm. These are not such great cookies on day two
- Bottom line though....I'm glad I tried these because they were fun, but there are better (much better) cookie recipes out there. Use one of those unless you don't have any sugar.